Nine Things to Do to Help You Forget Winter
It is Super Bowl weekend as the New England Patriots prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons. But football isn’t the only game in town this weekend. There is plenty to do despite the groundhog seeing his shadow and predicting six more weeks of winter. The Washington Auto Show continues through Sunday at the convention center, Fairfax hosts its annual Chocolate Lovers Festival and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Kennedy Center both host free Chinese New Year celebrations.
There will be major work on Metro this weekend with the Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Capitol South stations closed as will the lower level platforms at Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza. Buses will replace trains between Foggy Bottom and Eastern Market on the Orange and Blue Lines, while Silver Line trains will run every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston ONLY. Orange Line trains will operate every 15-20 minutes between Vienna and Foggy Bottom and every 15 minutes between Eastern Market and New Carrollton. Blue Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Foggy Bottom and between Eastern Market and Largo Town Center. Red Line trains will single track between Friendship Heights and Medical Center with trains every 18 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont and every 9-10 minutes between Farragut North and Silver Spring between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Final trains will leave Wiehle-Reston East at 10:35 p.m., Vienna at 10:56 p.m., New Carrollton at 11 p.m., Franconia-Springfield at 11 p.m. and Largo Town Center at 10:48 p.m. Yellow and Green Lines will operate on regular weekend schedules.
Washington Auto Show
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls D.C. home, and the 2017 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers at this year’s Washington Auto Show, which continues through Sunday. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a fascinating Art-of-Motion exhibition, VIP tours led by leading automotive writers and chances to Ride ‘N Drive vehicles at the show including the new Bolt EV, which will debut in DMV showrooms this month. From 6-9 p.m. Friday, DJ Jimmy will spin at D.C. Cool night and there will be a cash bar with drink specials, a photo booth and other surprises. Admission is included in the ticket price.
Feb. 3 from noon-10 p.m., Feb. 4 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 years old. Daily VIP tours are available for $40.
Washington Dollar Days
Don’t miss your chance to practice the frugality our founding father approved of during Washington Dollar Days. George Washington was born in February, and Tudor Place is celebrating all month through artifacts, furnishings and stories, all for just one “Washington dollar.” Tours begin hourly with the final tour of the day at 3 p.m. Tudor Place is D.C.’s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection include the folding camp stool in the parlor that accompanied General Washington to war. See the elegant dining table ready for an imagined dinner during President Washington’s administration, set with the rare Washington plateau, cut crystal and Sèvres china used in the first presidential house. Also, learn about the close kinship between the Peters of Tudor Place and Mrs. Peter’s grandparents at Mount Vernon All for a dollar. You can’t beat that.
Through Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday at Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. Admission is $1.
Color-In Creativity Night
With Color-In Creativity Night, the Smithsonian American Art Museum gets in on the trend of adult coloring books by encouraging you to try mimicking some of the country’s greatest artists. The event center will offer colorless prints of works featured in the gallery waiting to be given life. They are tossing in art supplies and free hot chocolate, and there’s a cash bar with snacks for sale if you need more inspiration.
Feb. 3 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and G Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
The Shakespearean classic has been upgraded for the Internet age in Mack, Beth. Playwright Chris Stezin (previously nominated for two Helen Hayes Awards) has brought the power couple of Macbeth into the modern day, keeping all of the essential elements that made the original story so powerful: greed, ambition, intense storytelling, well-developed characters.
Through Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors 60 and older, and $35 for people 25 and younger.
Chocolate Lovers Festival
For one weekend each year, Fairfax turns into a city-sized version of Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory during the two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival, offering samples of cakes, cookies, candies and other treats that would make a dentist cringe. The highlight of the event is the Chocolate Challenge, where artists create sculptures and towering cakes from chocolate. Other events include a chocolate chip pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at Fire Station #3 on Saturday, Taste of Chocolate at Old Town Hall both days and a liquid chocolate tent from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Square serving chocolate soda, chocolate wine, chocolate beer, hot chocolate, desert wine pairings, chocolate milk and more. Check out the full schedule.
Feb. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Feb. 5 from noon-4 p.m. throughout Old Town Fairfax. Some of the weekend’s events require an admission free, but many allow you to get a sugar rush for FREE.
Lunar New Year Celebration
The Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes you and your entire family to this party. There will be a rooster coloring station (remember, Year of the Rooster), chances to dress-up in Chinese costumes and makeup, a photo booth, lessons on the art of paper-cutting and Beijing-style applique, demonstrations of calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, “bristle dolls,” performances by Beijing acrobats, Chinese musicians and much more. (Remember to add travel time if going by Metro.)
Feb. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette
Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette is a one-act play about James Lafayette, an enslaved African American in New Kent County, Va., in 1781 who worked with the Continental Army under the Marquis de Lafayette as a double agent during the Revolutionary War. He passed as a runaway slave to gather information in the British camps and pass along misinformation to fool General Cornwallis. Jamar Jones stars in Abigail Schumann’s work.
Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Chinese New Year Celebration
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, known for displaying the finest in Asian art, rings in the Year of the Rooster with its annual Chinese New Year celebration. Students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College will perform, as will Chinese acrobats. Other activities include sugar painting, mask making, photo booth fun, paper cutting, applique embroidery and calligraphy demonstrations. Chinese food will be available for purchase, too!
Feb. 5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Super Bowl LI
Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston’s NRG Stadium. Some will watch for the game while other watch for the commercials or Lady Gaga’s halftime show. Many restaurants and bars will be offering drink specials before and during the game.
Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in living rooms, restaurants and bars across the DMV. The game is being televised on Fox. Admission is FREE!
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